The general remedy of those who are uneasy without knowing the cause is change of place.
The appearance and retirement of actors are the great events of the theatrical world; and their first performances fill the pit with conjecture and prognostication, as the first actions of a new monarch agitate nations with hope and fear.
Every man is of importance to himself.
Lawyers know life practically. A bookish man should always have them to converse with.
To write is, indeed, no unpleasing employment, when one sentiment readily produces another, and both ideas and expressions present themselves at the first summons; but such happiness, the greatest genius does not always obtain; and common writers know it only to such a degree, as to credit its possi
Fear is implanted in us as a preservative from evil.
That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.
Those whose abilities or knowledge incline them most to deviate from the general round of life are recalled from eccentricity by the laws of their existence.
A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.
So many objections may be made to everything, that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something.
The limbs will quiver and move after the soul is gone.
Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last; and perhaps always predominates in proportion to the strength of the contemplative faculties. He who easily comprehends all that is before him, and soon exhausts any single subject, is always eager for new inquiries; and in p
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
Wheresoe'er I turn my view,All is strange, yet nothing new:Endless labor all along,Endless labor to be wrong:Phrase that Time has flung away;Uncouth words in disarray,Trick'd in antique ruff and bonnet,Ode, and elegy, and sonnet.
Judgment is forced upon us by experience
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. The flowers which scatter their odours from time to time in the paths of life, grow up without culture from seeds scattered by chance.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
He that can swim needs not despair to fly; to swim is to fly in a grosser fluid, and to fly is to swim in a subtler. We are only to proportion our power of resistance to the different density of matter through which we are to pass. You will be necessarily upborne by the air if you can renew any impu
The majority have no other reason for their opinions than that they are the fashion.
Now ... that you are going to marry, do not expect more from life, than life will afford.
If an author be supposed to involve his thoughts in voluntary obscurity, and to obstruct, by unnecessary difficulties, a mind eager in the pursuit of truth; if he writes not to make others learned, but to boast the learning which he possesses himself, and wishes to be admired rather than understood,
A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.
Every desire is a viper in the bosom, who while he was chill was harmless; but when warmth gave him strength, exerted it in poison.
Wisdom and virtue are by no means sufficient, without the supplemental laws of good-breeding, to secure freedom from degenerating into rudeness, or self esteem from swelling into insolence. A thousand incivilities may be committed, and a thousand offices neglected. without any remorse of conscience,
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
Few things are so liberally bestowed, or squandered with so little effect, as good advice.
Surely, it is much easier to respect a man who has always had respect, than to respect a man who we know was last year no better than ourselves, and will be no better next year.
Nothing is more common than for men to make partial and absurd distinctions between vices of equal enormity, and to observe some of the divine commands with great scrupulousness, while they violate others, equally important, without any concern, or the least apparent conciousness of guilt. Alas, it
Cautious age suspects the flattering form, and only credits what experience tells.